Definition of vanish
1a : to pass quickly from sight : disappearb : to pass completely from existence
2 : to assume the value zero
: to cause to disappear
Examples of vanish in a Sentence
The missing girl vanished without a trace a year ago.
The papers seem to have vanished into thin air.
Dinosaurs vanished from the face of the earth millions of years ago.
Recent Examples of vanish from the Web
The remains of Epiphanios, a 20-year-old second-lieutenant, were found along with those of five other comrades in a makeshift grave after vanishing on Aug. 15, 1974, during a retreat from of advancing Turkish troops.
That number has shrunk by nearly 80 percent, which has some experts fearing that this iconic, century-old crop is about to vanish forever from the state's landscape.
The lead vanished in the top of the fourth, when New Trier (30-6) scored six runs on three hits, three walks and two errors.
The care debate vanished as troops were deployed on the streets to tackle the terrorism threat.
Shelf life was elongated, while flavor and nutrition vanished.
In the back roads of County Donegal, Ireland, an American linguist finds a forlorn child with a stutter, and his mother — once a famous actress who vanished at the height of her career.
A motorcycle rider vanished after causing an 8-vehicle pileup on state Route 94 late Wednesday night, the California Highway Patrol said.
Investigators believe that the dog, named Lala, did not just randomly vanish from the home on Carino way.
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Origin and Etymology of vanish
Middle English vanisshen, borrowed from Anglo-French vaniss- stem of vanir, envanir, esvanir, going back to Vulgar Latin *exvānīre, restructuring of Latin ēvānēscere “to fade away, disappear,” from ē- 1e- + vānēscere “to pass from existence,” inchoative verb derivative of vānus “empty, lacking content” — more at 1wane
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of vanish for English Language Learners
: to disappear entirely without a clear explanation
: to stop existing
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